To the Editor: I’m proud to have served as the campaign manager of the Freedom New Hampshire campaign that passed transgender nondiscrimination protections last June.

Afterward, we asked the transgender community what they wanted to see next.

The resounding answer was a bill to make changing a birth certificate easier — only requiring a health provider to sign off affirming the individual’s gender identity — not a judge who may hold the person to strict surgical standards they cannot afford — and allowing an X gender marker for those who don’t identify as either male or female.

This bill is HB 446.

I’m urging representatives to vote “Ought to Pass” on HB 446 because I’m non-binary.

Although I was raised as a girl, I feel uncomfortable being called a woman or girl — those words don’t accurately reflect my sense of self.

“Gender dysphoria” describes this feeling of conflict.

The opposite of this is “gender euphoria.”

When I know someone sees me as I truly am, I can be my most authentic self with that person. I don’t have constant anxiety about waiting to be misgendered.

It feels like taking off the weight of a backpack filled with rocks compiled from the dozens of little times I’m not treated as the person that I am.

Changing documents would give me gender euphoria.

I hope to someday be able to hand over identity documents that reflect who I am, and pave the way for an easier conversation about how I want to be seen in the world.

Linds Jakows


Linds Jakows

Bedford St